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this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> the question is, will newtown's tragedy be the tipping point in a country that has failed to respond when lives were lost so many times before. the debate ignited over gun control once again, but this time, with a very different feel. >> conversation we have to have along with guns, along with military style semi-automatic assault weapons with these just gr grotesque magazines. >> very powerful signs we entered a different era in this discussion. >> i don't want us to lose the hurt and the anger that we feel now and our resolve to do something. >> joining me with the very latest on the investigation is nbc news justice correspondent, pete williams. pete, where are connecticut state police focusing today as they try to uncover more behind the reasons of adam lanza? >> well, there's a huge wide range of what they're doing, thomas. they're interviewing witnesses still. they haven't even gotten to interviewing the children yet. that's going to be a very difficult process to do, very delicate one is the way they descri
dawn hochsprung's baby granddaughter. the president sat among the mourners of newtown at the vigil and told them they are not alone in their grief. >> all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. we pulled our children tight. >> in this speech, one he penned largely on his own, the president promised the people of that community that their loss would not go unanswered. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> the question is, will newtown's tragedy be the tipping point in a country that has failed to respond when lives were lost so many times before. the debate ignited over gun control once again, but this time, with a very different feel. >> conversation we have to have along with guns, along with military style semi-automatic assault weapons with these just gr grotesque magazines. >> very powerful signs we entered a different era in this discussion. >> i don't want us to lose the hurt and the anger that we feel now and our resolve to do something. >> joining me with the very latest on the investigation is nbc news ju
room, amid one man's unspeakable cruelty, tales of courage are emerging from newtown, connecticut. as shots drew nearer, teacher victoria soto threw herself between the gunman and her students. her family tells us how she should be remembered. >>> president obama comforting the families of those killed and how he remembers the love and prayers of a nation. we'll share his speech from last night's vigil. part of the speech, a call to action. president obama vowing to prevent another massacre. today gun control seems to have a tone of determination. a special edition of "newsroom" begins right now. >>> good morning to you. i'm carol costello here in atlanta. joining me shortly, don lemon. hees in newtown, connecticut. let's begin here, shall we? we'll begin with the latest at sandy hook elementary school. today the first of the funerals get under way. 6-year-old jack pinto and noah pozner will be the first of the 26 victims laid to rest. we'll also learning more about the remarkable acts of heroism. one teacher, ann marie murphy, died while shielding students with her body. another
>>> stories in the newsroom, schoolkids in newtown go back to school. how teachers are preparing for what's sure to be a trying day. after the newtown tragedy is the country finally ready for stricter gun laws? many former pro gun lawmakers say yes, but we still have not heard from the nra. >>> one of the new things the school shooter may have done socially was play video games. so is there a link between these types of games and aggressive behavior? one expert says yes. "newsroom" starts now. good morning. thank you for being with us today. i'm carol costello in atlanta. first a small step toward normally in newtown, connecticut. soledad o'brien joins us live. good morning, soledad. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. as you said, classes resume today for most of the kids in this community, so many wrestling with so much heartbreak, all of the newtown schools except for sandy hook elementary will reopen. grief and the fears of returning students an additional concern. police officers will be at every single school and today the town will lay to rest, the grandmother of char
now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. residents of newtown, connecticut, have begun holding the first of many kernels for the 27 victims killed in friday's shooting rampage at sandy hook elementary school. on monday, noah pozner and jack pinto, 06 years old, were laid to rest in small caskets. more funerals are slated today including two more 6-year-old victim's, james mattioli and jessica rekos. at the white house, president obama convened a meeting with top officials to discuss ways to respond to the newtown massacre, including potential proposals for gun control. pressed for details, white house press secretary jay carney reduced offer any specifics on how obama plans to address the nation's gun violence. >> is a complex problem that will require a complex solution. no single piece of legislation, no single action will fully address the problem. >> in the aftermath of the newtown massacre, a number of pro-and lawmakers are signaling a new willingness to soften opposition to restrictions on weapons. senator joe manchin of west virginia, a longtime advoc
, thank you very much. newtown schools are expected to resume class tomorrow but a date is not set for the children of sandy hook. when they'll return and go to a vacant school in a neighboring town. last night, the president assured the kids and their families they are not alone in their grief. >> all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. we have pulled our children tight. >> nbc's craig melvin joins us live from newtown. craig, there were 800 people in the high school gymnasium. many others outside and many more gathered to say good-bye to no yeah and jack in the services planned for tuesday for at least four other children. >> reporter: tamron, that's right. you mentioned no yeah posner. that funeral at 1:00 today. jack pointo, that funeral set for today. no yeah posner's twin sister survived. we're told jack was a huge new york giants, specifically of victor cruz. yesterday, cruz, the giants star receiver, he had his name on his gloves, he had his name on the cleats, as well and talk that jack pinto might be buried in the number 80 jersey. meanwhile, this morning, mo
to take air force one over to newtown, connecticut to take part in a vigil tonight. he'll be meeting with first responders, he'll also be meeting with family members of some of the survivors there. as you can see president obama making his way to air force one. kristen well welker who's standing by to travel with the president. what can we expect to hear from president obama tonight? >> reporter: as you mentioned, president obama is going to start off by meeting with the folks who were most affected by this tragedy as he arrives in newtown, connecticut. he'll be speaking with family members and first responders here at newtown high school. he said his comment also focus on the victims, on the lives lost. this is becoming an all too familiar path for this president. this will be the fourth time he will have spoken to a community that is reeling in the wake of a gun massacre. just this summer, he went to a aurora, colorado in the wake of the shooting there. last year, it was tucson, arizona, in 2009, it was ft. hood, texas. too many lives lost in all of these incidents, of course what
this tragedy occurred. >> joining me now from newtown is nbc news national investigative correspondent michael isocoff. as we hear police say they want a clear picture, it seems to be more cloudy than even what we heard yesterday, including whether or not adam lanza i tended the elementary school. had even a link to the school. >> reporter: well, we do believe he attended the school years ago but we were told he had no connection to the school. no current connection to the school. he wasn't working there. he wasn't volunteering there. he had no interaction with the school. at this time period of his life. is the way lieutenant vance put it. so that does add to the mystery that continues to hang over this as to why. why he made this attack. we also have spoken to more friends and family members whoft lanza family today who have reiterated there was no indication of any violence in his background. he was clearly a troubled young man. his mother nancy lanza described him as welcome a recklous. had no regular job. trying to find hip internships to get him out of the house. no indication of violenc
of the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >> all across this land of ours we have wept with you. we've pulled our children tight. >> today funerals will be held for two of the children that died in the shooting as their community continues to search for answers. one of the teachers at sandy hook described the difficulties in moving forward in the wake of a tragedy. >> it seems as though the expression i'll take this one day at a time it becomes i'll take this one minute at a time. >> across the country americans who had never before heard of newtown, connecticut, are grieving for those who are lost. yesterday american sports heroes made the town their own. the new york giants wore the school's initials on their helmets. the new england patriots sent up 26 flares to honor the victims, and the players on the miami heat hugged their own children during a moment of silence. after tucson, fort hood, aurora, and oak creek, it is newtown that may end up being the inflexion point for measurable change. president obama suggested as much last night. >> we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must e
. jenna: schools in newtown, connecticut, opening for the very first time after the deadly rampage at sandy hook elementary. just as we learn new details about the gunman, two more young victims are laid to rest today. plus a major cybersecurity threat. what you need to know to protect your bank accounts on-line especially in the new year. >>> a hour harrowing ordeal for a tv news correspondent and his crew, kidnapped five days in syria. the latest details on their escape. it's haul l all "happening now" jenna: great to have you with us on this tuesday. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. the latest on the tragedy in connecticut. while investigators search for answers there are some students are heading back to school right now. rick leventhal has the latest from newtown. what is going on there today, rick? >> reporter: jon incredibly challenging times for the community, struggling are with the aftermath after that horrific mass murder. sending kids back to school and reassuring those kids they will be safe in those classrooms. in fact security has been beefed up at the six cools in
, other journalists are still being targeted and still being held in syria. in newtown, connecticut, the pain, the sadness still raw as sandy hook elementary school remains closed indefinitely for the ongoing investigation. students there will go back to classes tomorrow at a different school in the neighboring town of monroe, connecticut. today two more young victims, 6-year-old jessica rekos and 6 jerld james mattioli are being laid to rest. wakes will be held for first graders charlotte bacon and daniel gerrard barden and for a teacher that faced down the gunman. joining us now from newtown nbc's greg melvin. the sadness is unremitting. tell us about the mood there as they begin to bury these children. >> you know, one of the more touching moments here so far, andrea, today you mentioned gts james as the funeral procession was leaving town, presumably, from the church to the graveyard people stopped on the opposite side of the road and they got out of their cars, and some folks put their hands over their hearts. they put their hats over their hearts as well. that just gives you a
students are resuming in newtown for the first time since friday's deadly school massacre. as two more young victims are laid to rest today. in washington is the momentum for gun control finally building? house democratic leader nancy pelosi called for a ban on assault magazines like those used to kill the 27 victims in connecticut. >> why is it that somebody needs a magazine with 20 shots in it and have 40 lives at risk? >> we'll talk exclusively with nancy pelosi about what can be done to control guns. and, of course, the looming fiscal cliff. speaker boehner today turns to his plan b. >> our plan b would protect american taxpayers who make $1 million or less and have all of their current rates extended. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. we here at nbc and msnbc and our entire family are relieved and joyful today that the escape of our friends and colleagues. chief foreign correspondent richard engel, producer gazi and john questra from kidnappers in syria where they had been held out of communication for five long days and nights. we first heard from richard last
, oregon and now newton connecticut -- newtown connecticut which has to be the worst so far because kids beautiful little 1st graders, little angels, 201st graders, 20 kids. we have seen their photos. we have heard their names. it just tears you apartment particularly those of us who are parents. it tears you apartment, these 20 little kids, four of their teachers, the principal and the school psychologist all gunned down multiple gunshot wounds to the head and brutal brutal acts possible against these people who in no way, i mean just totally, totally innocent people and this is the one i would hope that that would really shock us and move us to act. you know this weekend, we have been consumed with grief. we have been consumed with sorrow. we have been consumed with anger, too anger at ourselves, and i've got to tell you i have been particularly consumed, maybe some of you, too, with a little guilt because i feel as the president indicated last night, i feel that i haven't done enough, that i haven't said enough, that i haven't pushed enough. i mean it's so -
. >>> from newtown to your town, americans pause this hour to remember those killed in the school massacre. we'll tell you how the tribute could echo through your community. >>> the nation's most powerful gun lobby the nra speaking out today one week after violence rocked that small community in connecticut. >>> and devastating implosion, the end of the world? nope, it is not the apocalypse, it's what people are saying about the fiscal cliff. after speaker boehner's plan b falls flat, what's next? "newsroom" starts now. good morning to you. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. this hour a nation pauses to honor the victims of last week's horrifying attack at a connecticut elementary school. many americans including president obama will take part in a moment of violence at 9:30 eastern. that marks the moment one week ago that the gunman burst into sandy hook elementary school. church bells will toll across the country 26 times to remember each of the children and educators killed, and after being noticeably quiet for the past week, the national rifle association holds a
that his mother bought. the medical ex-naerm newtown says the children were each shot several times, all with an assault-style rifle like this one, a bush master bushmaster similar to the rifle used ten years ago by the washington, d.c. snipers who killed ten people and wounded three others. investigators say the gun belonged to nancy lanza of newtown, purchased legally in the last few years and used, they say, by her son, adam, who took it to the school after first fatally shooting his mother at the home where they both lived. authorities have not said how she stored the weapons, whether she kept them locked. nancy lanza's sister-in-law, adam lanza's aunt, stays is not unusual for a divorced woman, like nancy, who lived alone, to have them in the house. >> self-defense. she was a female. live aid loan, live nald beautiful neighborhood. >> reporter: but those guns she bought for protection, investigators say you were used by her own son to kill her. former classmates said a dam lanza was an awkward loner, bright, but painfully shy, so stoic says the former head of high school secure tha
on the ground in newtown, but that there is -- that i think for folks who have wanted to see reform on our nation's gun laws, that this could be an inflexion point. does the mayor share that feeling? >> he hopes so. you know, i may be alone in this, but i am just no longer comforted by comforting words. i feel like as the governor said, you know, we've become very good at doing these memorials after these events and then nothing happens substantively to change the underlying dynamic and the underlying problem, so i'm almost, frankly, a little suspicious of comforting words. comforting words are not nearly muff, and we need action and we need presidential action, presidential leadership. we need congressional action and congressional leadership. mike bloomberg is the head of an organization. mayors all over the country, more than 500. he spent $10 million in the last election to defeat people who had nra support. there are a lot of people in this country who know that it's time for a change. we need to hear all of those voices, and we need leadership in congress and from the white house to
an interagency task force on confronting gun violence in the aftermath of last week's newtown massacre. the news comes one day after white house spokesperson jay carney said obama would support senator dianne feinstein's bid to reinstate the ban on assault weapons. >> he is actively supportive, for example, senator feinstein's stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban. he supports and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so-called gun show loophole. and there are other elements of a gun legislation that he could support. >> the original assault weapons ban expired in 2004 in the national rifle association has succeeded to date in blocking the renewal. on tuesday, two more students killed in the newtown attack were laid to rest. jessica rekos and james mehdi ali, 06 years old. another six funerals are being held today. classes have resumed at most schools in the town, while sandy hook elementary school is still considered a crime scene. the newtown massacre continues to prompt action at the state level. michigan republican g
hamlet of newtown, connecticut, five funerals and four wakes, a combination of nine different services held for sandy hook victims including the funerals for hero teacher vicki soto who died trying to hide her students and principal dawn hochsprung, who reportedly died trying to stop the gunman. a wake will be held in new york for teacher anne marie murphy who lost her life also. new today, we're learning the students of sandy hook will return to school but in a neighboring community of monroe. they start back january 2nd. for the rest of newtown, a new normal settled over the community with other area schools open, with students in their second day back in class. >> whether you wait a day or a month or whatever, you know, there is no -- there is no rule book. >> the nra breaking its silence. the powerful gun lobby will hold a major news conference to announce the actions it plans to take in the wake of the elementary school tragedy. the national rifle association breaking that silence for the first time yesterday saying it was prepared to make meaningful contributions to make sure thi
charge of an effort to-like at policy in the wake of the murder of 20 children and 6 women in newtown, connecticut. i want to bring in "usa today" washington bureau chief susan page and for "the chicago sun times," lynn swede. good morning. let me start with the fiscal cliff, pause because we only ha days left. harry reid declared boehner's plan doa. let me play what he said. >> every time we get down to getting something for the long-term financial security of this country, they take that football and it is a charlie brown episode, they jerk the ball away. >> so, lynn, what is the strategy with plan b? >> well, actually the white house just said this morning that obama would veto plan b, so it may be boehner needs to look for c, d, e and f going into further negotiations because the -- i think the reality is that there is movement on both sides. i think boehner looked -- wanted to look prudent to his members and put out -- float this other plan. and this is all the negotiations. i think they still just have to get more spending cuts, obama has his left flank exposed with his cost of
. >> absolutely. >> bill: speaking of newtown we have seen, of course, as we started this conversation yesterday, we've seen far far far too many of tragedies but this one really seems to be the game changer. the game changer because again these are kids, these were first graders, these were 6 and 7-year-olds. and the idea that this gun violence this gun rampage has reached that far into a first grade classroom into an elementary school has shocked us all beyond belief. so yesterday, more and more voices coming out saying we have to do something about gun violence in america. but this wild west culture of ours. you had the voices that have always been there on this issue senator dianne feinstein and senator chuck schumer and good for them they've been steadfast on this issue. but you also had what was news was new voices being heard. voices who are known as being totally nra supporters and total second amendment supporters and pro gun senators. starting with senator joe manchin from west virginia. conservative democrat.
were shot and killed in newtown, connecticut. on sunday, when i opened the newspaper to read about the shootings, i saw a photograph of one of the children who was killed. her name was emily. a little blonde-haired girl with a beautiful smile. she looked at me from the paper, i saw my granddaughter's elsa and tilly looking back at me. so i come to this issue as a grandparent whose children but for fate could have been in the same situation as the children in newtown. and come to this as a member of congress. you know the people back home in just about every district keep asking us why it is that we can't get anything done here. well, i'm a newcomer. i've only been here about five months, and i know what is going on in terms of the political gamesmanship. this is an issue on which political games have to stop. we should have members of the republican caucus standing with us today and i hope in time we will. this has to be a bipartisan issue in the end. and so, as i have looked at what happened over the last two years, over 20 mass shootings and vitually every one of them has two thi
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most of the state's schools. but sandy hook school in newtown remains closed and may never reopen. truckloads desks, shelves, bulletin boards and abandoned backpacks. taken from the scene of the massacre to a recently closed school in nearby monroe. the former middle school is where the sandy hill students will resume classes. volunteer contractors spent the weekend installing smaller facilities for the younger students. >> when the children come in whenever the school has started they walk into a classroom that looks as close as possible as their classroom that they left." >> the sandy hill school remains a crime scene. state police working around the clock to determing what happened. >> we did sees significant evidence of the residents. it is a very painstaking processwe're going to do everything. that it takes to ensure that we uncover every bit of evidence, we're examining every facet of it, that we conduct as many interview to do paint a clear picture as to exactly how and why this tragedy occurred. >> the gunman, 20 year old adam lanza, reportedly smashed his computer as he
shooting at sandy hook elementary in newtown, connecticut and the debate over gun control has been revived. here with us exclusively this morning, the man at the center of that debate, the ceo and executive vice president of the nra, wayne lapierre. answering questions for the first time since this shooting. i want to get right to it. welcome back to the program. >> thank you, david. >> you promised in the wake of this massacre 26 people murdered that the nra would, quote, offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. if we boil down your appearance before the news media on friday, this was your message. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> you proposed armed guards in school. we'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. you confronted the news media, you blamed hollywood and the gaming industry but never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. is that a meaningful contribution, mr. lapierre, or a dodge? >> david, i said what i honestly thought and what hundreds of millions of people a
. >>> in the wake of the newtown shooting which left 20 schoolchildren dead along with 6 adults national rifle association representatives hit the sunday talk shows to defend their call putting armed guards in every school is the best solution to prevent further tragedies. some school districts have handily rejected that idea, ours tell us they are going a big step further. >> reporter: in school districts across the country teachers, administrators and politicians are debating ways to keep classrooms safer. a police officer walks the halls in an elementary school in butler, pennsylvania, one of a growing list of school districts, including marlboro, new jersey, and orange county florida now hiring armed guards after the deadly newtown shoot >> we have armed officers in all 14 schools in the butler area school district, and we plan to have that on a daily basis from now on. >> reporter: but soon it may be more than just armed guards patrolling the nation's public schools. lawmakers in at least ten states have said they will consider laws allowing teachers and administrators to carry firearms.
. it's been nine days since the tragic shooting at sandy hook elementary in newtown, connecticut and the debate over gun control has been revived. here with us exclusively this morning, the man at the ten ter of that debate, the ceo and executive vice president of the nra, wayne lapierre. i want to get right to it. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> you proposed armed guards in school. we'll talk about that in some detail in a moment. you confronted the news media, you blamed hollywood and the gaming industry but never once did you concede that guns could actually be part of the problem. is that meaningful contribution, mr. lapierre, or a dodge? >> david, i said what i honestly thought and what hundreds of millions of people all over this country will believe will actually make a difference. i can't imagine a more horrible tragedy. we all have 5-year-olds in our family in some way. we all put ourselves in that situation and have tears in our eyes. the nra, we have 11,000 police training instructors, 80,000 police families, we're 4 milli
marquez green, singing a hymn with her brother last summer. ♪ >> president obama will travel to newtown this afternoon to console victims' families and attend a community vigil. "the washington post" headline this morning sums up where we are nearly 48 hours after the shooting. wrenching details but few answers. that's where we want to start this special hour this morning with pete williams on what more we are learning about this investigation. and, pete, do we know about why it happened? >> no. i don't think we do, and i think -- of course, i don't think we can ever get a satisfactory answer. there is no satisfactory answer to this, such a monstrous act. there is some hope that evidence in the house where his mother was killed, where he killed his mother, they believe, will help illuminate what was in his mind. he had a computer there, and they are analyzing that to see what they can get out of it. >> what can you tell us about what happened if what was the scenario? >> well, it all starts friday morning when he takes his mother's guns. she had purchased them legally. this is a woman w
change, to end them. host: president obama at last night's interfaith prayer vigil in newtown, connecticut, speaking to the community hit by friday's elementary school shootings. it's monday, december 17, 2012. the president offered words of solidarity and state and pledged to use the power of the presidency and to prevent future killings. some are asking whether that is an indication on whether he will push for stronger gun control laws. question for you is and should u.s. gun laws change? here are the numbers to call -- you can also find us online. send us a tweet or join the conversation on facebook, or send us an e-mail. our question for you is whether u.s. gun laws should change? here's the headline in "usa today" -- jumping down into the story, it says -- others are exploring the question of gun laws. we will hear some comments from members of congress this morning. congressional democrats are vowing to push for stricter gun control laws. several democratic lawmakers called yesterday for a new push for gun restrictions, including a ban on military-style assault weapons i
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. president obama spoke at a service in newtown on sunday offering his condolences and emphasizing that enough is enough. >> obama: since i've been president, this is the fourth time we have come together to comfort a grieving community torn apart by mass shootings. these tragedies must end. >> the president said in the coming weeks he will engage law enforcement, mental health professionals to figure out what can be done. >> senator dianne feinstein is promises to introduce new legislation on the first day of the next congress. >> a bill to ban assault weapons. it will ban the sale, the transfer the importation and the possession. >> we'll have more throughout the morning. kind of guys that do reverse mortgage commercials? those type. those types are coming on to me all the time now. >>> she get's the comedians laughing... >>>that hilarious. >>>and the thinkers thinking. joy>>>okay so. there's wiggle room in the ten commandments is what you're telling me? >>she's joy behar. joy>>>and the best part is that current will let me say anyt
told the reporter rifles similar to the one used in newtown were expected to double in price in the next 90 days. i just finished reading that article. pretty unbelievable. >>> a democratic president at a time of political upheaval passes a major gun-control act in the wake of several shooting tragedies. that may sound like president obama's plan for the next term, but it actually happened 44 years ago. >> today we begin to disarm the criminals and the careless and the insane. and all of our people who are deeply concerned in this country about law and order should hail this day. and in our democracy, crime control is a community problem, and we would not have it any other way, for the other way would be the police state and all of its tragic consequences. >> joining me now is the director of the lbj presidential library. mark, welcome. glad to have you. >> nice to be here. >> let's talk about president johnson and what led him to pass the gun control act. >> well, there were a number of tragic circumstances throughout the year 1968, among which were the assassinations of mar
and washington working together, negotiating on this bill and what happened in newtown. but in middle america, nothing happens in a bubble. people are still shattered by that. and anybody that is dragging their feet, fighting, seeming petty less than a week after -- i'm sorry, this is the worst tragedy i can think of as far as just shattering the soul of this country. i say since 9/11, in my lifetime. 9/11 and this. then i guess you'd have to go back to kennedy's assassination. i can't believe how shaken -- people are just talking about this all the time. they're looking at washington squabbling over numbers. and since they've already decided on the big issues, they're just thinking, they're so dysfunctional. and whoever gets the blame for this, it's in big trouble politically. >> no question. and it's not just on the fiscal stuff. it's on other things, too. i mean, you know, i thought your incredibly eloquent statement last week reflects what a lot of people feel including a lot of people who have had reservations before about doing something. that fight's just about to begin. the high water
responsibility for ips dent. in newtown, connecticut, a resident told reporters christmas will never be the same for the families who lost children and loved ones in the december 14 massacre. correspondent molly henneberg reports both sides of gun debate trying to develop a plan to keep the nation's chirp safe. >> the national rifle association may support plan to put armed officers at the nation's school bus lawmakers are less than enthusiastic about the idea, especially the democrats. dianne feinstein who is expected to introduce gun control legislation in january, called the nra idea "distraction." others suggest it might have the opposite effect on lawmakers. >> well, i think he is so extreme a tone deaf he actually helps the cause of us passing sensible gun legislation in the congress. >> we have 130,000 elementary school and secondary schools in this country. if you had two officers in each, that would cost $25 billion. where is that money going to come from? >> one g.o.p. senator said he is not sure this needs to be a federal effort. >> local education decisions are best made at the local
in the next hour. gregg: as residents of newtown, connecticut, still struggle with the school shooting there, the stories of selfless heroism keep pouring in. one woman's emotional story how the elf meant tri tri school's principal helped save her life. heather: bracing for what could be a big strike at some of the biggest ports in america. dock workers could be hitting the picket lines on the east and gulf coast this week. we'll take a closer look what kind of impact that could have on the economy. gregg: mother nature not making it easy for millions of folks rushing to get home for christmas. we're live at the nation's busiest airport. [ roasting firewood ] ♪ many hot dogs are within you. try pepto-bismol to-go, it's the power of pepto, but it fits in your pocket. now tell the world daniel... of pepto-bismol to-go. gregg: a week after the school shooting in newtown, connecticut, and we're still hearing many stories of heroism in the middle of all that violence. we're hearing from a woman that worked as a reading consultant in the elementary school. she said the principal saved her life w
talk this morning has been on newtown and potential changes to a gun laws. before we move into the fiscal issues, what is your take on the current mood in the country and the potential mood in congress on changing the gun laws? guest: peter, it's a tragic situation. i have a for our children 17 and under, including a 6-year-old -- four children. so it's pretty close to home. the mood i see in congress, i hope that we don't move in haste and do things we might regret. i hope we let folks mourn and we will look at that. i think it's an individual problem. we have mental illness issues tied into this that are separate, but do impact the situation, obviously. most of my constituents, i don't think i have had anyone to call into my office to say that we should get changes in federal gun laws. host: what is your rating? guest: i have a 100% rating. and i'm a gun owner. i have an 11-year-old and 6- year-old son. we went hunting during pheasant season. it's important that parents train their children in their use and to respect and understand the use of guns if you are going to ha
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